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A second chance for Solar MaxUsing NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite as a communications link, astronomers are able to receive scans from the Solar Maximum Mission (SMM) satellite immediately and regularly at the Goddard Space Flight Center. This major operational improvement permits the examination of SMM imagery and spectra as they arrive, as well as the formulation of future observational sequences on the basis of the solar activity in progress. Attention is given to aspects of the sun that change in the course of the 11-year sunspot cycle's movement from maximum to minimum. Proof has been obtained by means of SMM for the near-simultaneity of X-ray and UV bursts at flare onset.
Document ID
19840052843
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Authors
Maran, S. P. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Woodgate, B. E. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Laboratory for Astronomy and Solar Physics, Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
June 1, 1984
Publication Information
Publication: Sky and Telescope
Volume: 67
ISSN: 0037-6604
Subject Category
SOLAR PHYSICS
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
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